Minnesota has a rich history of computer industry development. A number of early industry leaders – such as Control Data Corporation – were based here.
Today, information technology companies operate statewide in industries ranging from manufacturing and retail sales to software development and IT services.
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- Minnesota postsecondary institutions conferred more than 3,100 degrees awarded in Computer and Information Sciences annually (Note: Degrees exclude Walden and Capella University because they are online universities only) (Minnesota Office of Higher Education, 2016-2017).
- Minnesota ranks seventh in Technology and Innovation (CNBC, 2019).
- Minnesota ranks 11th in software related patents per capita nationwide (U.S. Trademark and Patent Office, 2020).
- Information technology and telecommunications industries in Minnesota employ around 137,675 people in 2020 – up 14 percent since 2010. These industries had nearly 12,150 business locations (EMSI, 2020).
- Average earnings in IT and telecommunications are competitive compared to other high-tech states and the nation:
- National average: $132,929
- California: $188,719
- Massachusetts: $171,636
- Washington: $183,186
- Illinois: $123,154
- Minnesota: $114,286
(Source: EMSI, based on the Purdue definition of Information Technology and Telecommunications)
Many companies with IT-related products and services are headquartered in Minnesota or have major operations here. Just a handful of examples:
- Manufacturing: 3M, IBM, Honeywell, Polar Semiconductor, SkyWater Technology Foundry
- Software: Ceridian Corp, Code 42, Coherent Solutions, Digital River and Infor (Formerly Lawson Software)
- Telecommunications and Internet service: Arvig, AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier Communications, Sprint, Verizon
- Data centers: Cologix, DataBank, IronGate
- Retailers and wholesalers of electronic equipment: Best Buy, Digi-Key
The state of Minnesota offers various incentives and assistance to help entrepreneurs and startups.
Contact us to find out more about information technology in Minnesota.